The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) is all set to clear the procurement of five S-400 supersonic air defense systems from Russia ahead of Prime Minister’s visit to Moscow.
The DAC chaired by defense minister Manohar Parrikar will also clear a ‘Make in India’ plan to raise six regiments of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher systems (MRLS) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow on December 24 and will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hindustan Times news daily reported Thursday.
The five S-400 systems are likely to cost about INR 40,000 crore (US $6 billion) while the Pinaka systems would cost INR 14,000 crore (US $2.1 billion).
“India may issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a government to government route will be adopted for the procurement of S-400 systems. The acquisition is likely to be discussed during the Modi-Putin meeting,” the news daily quoted sources from the South Block.
S-400 is an anti-aircraft system and comes with a mobile launcher and a threat detection radar/command center. The deal also includes purchase of about 6,000 missiles from Russia.
Pinaka systems are going replace traditional artillery guns on the border. The Pinaka system can fire within seconds a barrage of unguided rockets with a range of up to 38 km to achieve a saturation bombing effect, or what is called area destruction. This kind of weapon system is lethal for troop and armour concentrations, and is also battle-proven.
Russia has deployed two S-400 Triumf air defense missile regiments along with Pantsir-s AD missile system batteries in the Arctic in 2015. Pantsir-S AD missile/gun system batteries will act as close-in defense for the S-400s
Russia is deploying S-400 missile defense systems, Cruiser carrier ‘Moskva and warplanes in the areas closer to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to yesterday's Su-24 downing incident. The S-400 anti-aircraft missile system will be deployed to the Hmeimim airbase,” Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian media Wednesday
India may sign an agreement or lease a second nuclear submarine 'Nerpa' during Prime Minister Modi's visit to Moscow next month. However, it may hold back on buying the S-400 anti-missile system and the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)
India has successfully test-fired the upgraded version of Pinaka rocket from the Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur in Odisha today. "Two rounds of tests have been conducted and some more rounds have been planned," a defence source told PTI
Indian Army successfully tested guided Pinaka rocket from launch complex—III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur today. Defence sources were quoted as saying by PTI that the test was conducted at 12:45 pm and Pinaka rocket mark-II, equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, was transformed into a “guided Pinaka"
India has test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha on Thursday. The Guided Pinaka is a modified version of the Pinaka rocket, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit
India has tested a new guidance system technology in the advanced version of Pinaka rocket system. Two rounds were test fired from the test range of proof and experimental establishment (PXE) at Chandipur, Odissa
Indias decision to procure five batteries of S-400 surface-to-air missile at an estimated cost of $6 billion to $7 billion from Russia will be used to protect the national capital. The Defense Acquisition Council approved the purchase of five S-400 Triumf missiles earlier this month
Indias Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for underutilization of operational capabilities of Air-borne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft purchased for INR 5,042 crore (US $760 million) in 2004. "There was sub-optimal utilisation of operational capabilities of 'AA' in terms of flying task achieved mainly due to un-serviceability of 'AA'
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